The ASBP seeks to influence the development of a policy framework that takes a balanced and comprehensive view of all the aspects of sustainability. This means raising profile of the sustainable products agenda so that it sits alongside the energy, carbon and design agendas. Key policy areas such as Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and Carbon (The Carbon Plan) have been identified.
Priorities for the ASBP involve:
- Engaging with key stakeholders such as UKGBC and the CPA so that they incorporate and contribute to the ASBP approach.
- Developing clauses for NBS that discourage product substitution away from demonstrably sustainable building products.
- Influencing government procurement practice so that demonstrably sustainable building products are specified.
- Encouraging a greater recognition of the impact of products within building codes and encourage a move away from generic approaches to product specific sustainability assessment.
ASBP Policy - Current and Recent:
UKGBC Zero Carbon 2019 Non Domestic Task Group
ASBP contribution to the consultation process submitted 12 January 2014
The UK-GBC Zero Carbon non domestic Task Group has been formed to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of 'zero carbon' for non-domestic buildings that works for industry. With the conslutation on draft proposals now closed, it will next report on 27th February, 2014. UKGBC are currently going through all the consultation responses and having further discussions with the Task Group.
Our key concern about the UKGBC task force recommendations, in particular their road map, is that it appears to put the cart well before the horse. Their suggestion appears to be that the order of priority for inclusion in the zero-carbon definition should be:
Firstly, over door heaters, lifts and escalators
Secondly, unregulated energy (ancillary equipment associated with building use)
With embodied carbon being considered too complex and embryonic to be included at this stage (but could perhaps be introduced into the definition at some later date)
This is not only illogical at the most basic level, putting guesswork about the future ahead of current auditable performance of delivered products, but also prioritises small gains in future energy use over the large, and growing, percentage of energy embodied in components at and before initial build.
The ASBP considers that there are substantial economic, social and environmental benefits that flow from a focus upon resources, products and materials, and how they are deployed in construction. These are detailed in our response below.
The full response can be downloaded here.